Lady Susan - Jane Austen, R.W. Chapman For me this is really a mixed bag. Austen is clearly only beginning to develop as a writer. She ends the epistolary style too early (in my opinion) and wraps everything up with a conclusion instead of writing out the letters, almost as though she gave up. I could see this being a longer, novel-length book if she had written it later in her career.

Lady Susan is a wicked, wicked woman, and it's fun to read about her. I might wish for a longer version in order to more fully flesh out the characters, but there's certainly enough there for us enjoy Austen's bite.